(Answered) HIST410N Week 2 Discussion: The Rise of Communism and Fascism

Initial Post Instructions
For the initial post, select and address one of the following:

  • Option 1: Examine Marx’s writings on communism and socialism and compare them to how they manifested in reality? What worked and what didn’t? What misconceptions do we have about his original intent based on what we see in past or current governments?
  • Option 2: Compare and contrast communism and fascism. Select one example for each to examine the origins of the governments, their accomplishments, and their failures. What accounts for the fact that the masses mobilized to support these movements? Elaborate.
  • Option 3: Examine Depression-Era social programs (select one or more to examine in detail). Were the fears of a communist take-over based on the implementation of these programs grounded in reality? Why or why not? How do they compare to social programs in place today?


Fascism and communists started in Europe. They both gained popularity in the mid-20th century. That said, communism is a system that is primarily based on a theory that advocates for economic equality. Communism champions for a classless society (Duiker, 2015). Fascism, on the other hand, is a nationalistic top-down system that incorporates rigid class roles and which is ruled by a dictator. Italy is an ideal example of a nation where fascism was used. Communism, on the other hand, was used in the Soviet Union…Please click the icon below to purchase full solution at $5